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Noticed our search hits have been way down as well...
3:45 pm...we got our first order of the day ( we usually do 10-20)
I know this is a yearly thing, but I just can't remember out of 5 years it ever really dropping to this low.
Sales have dropped by 60% after Oct 18th. This is the worst drop I've ever seen and it is seemingly unexplainable.
Not even Katrina caused such problems and I don't think there's anything in the news that would cause this. Gas prices are coming down which should also help.
What's going on?
I think that it is the gas prices even though they are going down. It takes a few weeks for the extra costs to catch up with people, for example people buying gas on credit cards. Then another few weeks to dig out and go back to normal. I predict (fingers crossed) by mid November most people should be back to normal.
Our sales are down by 50% not normal for us as Christmas starts around October 1st.
We have every offer going on the site but to no avail, we will be cutting staff hours soon if things do not pick up.
People simply arent buying.
They reckon we are heading for a bad christmas on the news and retail is definitely down, there are sales everywhere.
I think we will all be fine. Just have good products, fast shipping and good customer service and ecommerce will live on. I hope! :)
Ecommerce is barely 8 years old and the ONLY pattern we know is UP UPUP UP ..at least so far ** UNTIL ** july this year. Since the its been wobbling
July .. down year on year 10%
August ..down 60% ( FRIGHTING )
Sept ..worked out ok in end
OCT .. UP ..20%
Nov .. already in excess of last years figures
ANybody seen a similair pattern ( UK )
And the point of this post .. please dont worry about the dailys , worry more about the monthlys and quartlys
No changes to my adwords campaigns, no changes to my site, and traffic dropped by only 1-10%.
Cant find an explanation as yet, only guessing.
For example, was shopping in Oxford Street on saturday and was double the normal people. Is everyone spending up for Christmas presents etc? and we'll have to wait for month-end pay days for people to have more money to spend?
There is a recession on the way, on GMTV yesterday they confirmed that the UK are going to watch their pennies up to xmas.
Our traffic is down from 5,500 visits per day to just over 2,000 visits.
We are showing a 60% drop in sales since September.
This is the worst for us in 7 years and we have had to let staff go.
Google has had a lot to do with it too, but the fact is people are not spending, or have no disposable income.